Sunday, April 26, 2015

Return to Medoc Mountain, Hollister NC.

Medoc Mountain is not really a mountain at all; its highest point reaches an elevation of only 325 feet above sea level. It is, rather, the core of what was once a mighty range of mountains - Medoc Mountain is what remains after millions of years of erosion. The mountain and surrounding land have long been used for agriculture. Once the property of Sidney Weller, a noted farmer and educator, the area was used for the cultivation of grapes in the 19th century. Weller produced a highly acclaimed wine known as Weller's Halifax and is credited with developing the American system of grape culture and winemaking. It was Weller who named the mountain "Medoc," after a province in the Bordeaux region of France famous for its vineyards. We reserved the best site there, which was easy since the campground was empty!

After the rain stopped we made a nice fire to dry out to.

A nice sunny day to do some hiking! Well... At least it wasn't raining.

This is the Carolina riding tree, pioneers used to ride these for days!

Down by the creek, a little warmer and this could be a fun swimming hole.

The Carolina Double D tree

This Cardinal was following us around after we stopped for a chocolate cookie snack, think he wanted some crumbs.

Stick it to Soreness!! Hiking takes its toll on our muscles, so we use some of our Essential Oils to relieve our achy muscles!

After a nice long hike, we were ready for some grub. We made some hamburger, swiss cheese, bacon, sautéed mushroom, spinach and onion subs! Mmmm… good.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m so happy I wet my plants!

It’s time to start the garden!! We’ve been cultivating compost and chicken poop into the garden over the winter. Now it’s time to start planting. We’re doing boxes and steel rings this year to try and cut down on all the weeding. The boxes we’re making from wooden pallets we get for free from businesses, we also picked up some steel 55 gallon drums and cut them into rings. We can get 6 rings per drum. This is the first round of planting, we'll add more each week.
These are for the corn, we planted 24 per box.
Okra will be here, 5 per box
Sugar snap peas here, 12 per ring. We used tomato cages for the peas to grow up. Once the weather gets hot these will die off.
Last year the bugs, tomato worms and stink bugs really took their toll on the garden! We didn’t want to use pesticides, but we didn’t seem to have much of a choice! This year is going to be different, now that we have been using Young Living Essential Oils on us we’re going to start using them on our plants. We really don’t like the idea of putting poison on our food. This blend of Essential Oils will do the job for us! No more poison on our veggies.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Love these Young Living Essential Oils!

Robbie’s rash was acting up, so we mixed Young Living Melrose essential oil and olive oil. We’ve been applying it twice a day for a couple weeks and Look… All cleared up! These oils are great!

Week one

Week two

This is the 15ml bottle of Melrose, we mixed a couple drops of Melrose and olive oil, then rubbed it in twice a day. Chemical free living at it's best!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

We have been getting plenty of snow this month, seems like every week a few more inches fall!
We can’t wait to get the garden started, seems a long way off now.
The chickens are getting a little tired of the snow too, they’re freezing their chicken nuggets off!!
Our local hawks have to work a little harder to find their food now.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Moving up in rank!

Jordyn made rank in her Sea Scouts division. We started with the color guard and flag ceremony.
A word from the Skipper
Accolades to the CO’s staff
Jordyn promoted to the rank of Ordinary!
Jordyn’s shipmates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carolina Skillet Omelet

Let me introduce you to the Carolina Skillet Omelet, First you’ll need a nice cast iron skillet. Having a bunch of chickens laying eggs doesn’t hurt either. We like to start with 8 to 10 eggs and a ¼ cup of whole milk with a little salt and pepper. Add some spring onions, red onion and green peppers.
Then add some ham. We had some leftover ham… Nice!
Lightly Sautee your red onion and peppers in a few tablespoons of stick butter.
Add your ham, or meat of choice, till warm. Sausage and bacon work great too!
Pour in your eggs, and bake at 400 for 10 minutes
Add some cheese and spring onions on top and bake for another 10 minutes (or until done)
We serve ours with some sour cream, spring onion, hot sauce and grandma’s sugar and cinnamon toast!
There won’t be any leftovers!!!